Tailgate Favorites: Sausage Balls + BBQ Weenies


We may not be season ticket holders, but that doesn't keep us from tailgating! Matthew takes game day VERY seriously and I'm happy to make his tailgating dreams come true!

Below you will find the oh-so-scrumptious sausage ball recipe as well as one of Matthew's traditional favorites! Just a little hint: you're gonna want to double the sausage ball recipe because they are just that good!

These are my kryptonite.

These are my kryptonite.

  • 1 lb Sausage (I suggest getting "hot")
  • 1 1/4 cup Bisquick
  • 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • NOTE: I often make these without either cheese due to M's dairy allergy and honestly, they are still REALLY good. So if you're dairy free, just leave out the cheese, use just 1 cup Bisquick, and you'll be good to go!
  1. Soften cream cheese in microwave or stove.
  2. Combine Bisquick and cheeses well, then mix in the sausage. If needed, you can then chill the mixture in the fridge for awhile.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper (keeps the bottoms from burning and saves you time on clean up!)
  4. Use the mixture to form your sausage balls. They should be approximately 1 inch in diameter.
  5. Place individual balls on lined cookies sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Got this cute dish towel as a wedding gift and am trying real hard not to get it dirty! Too cute to use!

Got this cute dish towel as a wedding gift and am trying real hard not to get it dirty! Too cute to use!

  • 1 packet Lil' Smokies
  • BBQ Sauce of choice (We use Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Grape Jelly
  1. Drain Lil' Smokies then throw them in a pot.
  2. Cover the Lil' Smokie with BBQ. How much BBQ sauce? That depends, you don't want them to dry out or drown. I try to just cover them.
  3. Next, I drizzle some yellow mustard into the pot. Again, not an exact measurement, I just eyeball it, but I'd say it's close to a tablespoon.
  4. Add your grape jelly to the pot then...
  5. Heat over medium and stir occasionally so that the jelly and mustard dissolve into the the BBQ sauce.
  6. It's ready when the Lil' Smokies are nice and hot and the other ingredients have blended completely together